RSHE support for Year 6 teachers

10th July, 2020

We know what a challenging time this has been both personally and professionally for so many. At Educator Solutions we remain enormously proud of the continued efforts of our schools as they support their whole-school community.

Many of you have contacted us to seek guidance about how to effectively support the teaching and learning of pupils in relation to RSHE, with a focus on puberty, periods and sex education for YR6 pupils. Many of these pupils will have missed the opportunity to develop their knowledge, values and interpersonal skills in relation to this. With 25% of young people reporting that they commence menstruation prior to any teaching of this, and the risk of children accessing adult content to satisfy their curiosity for knowledge, we recognise the need to deliver this education. We also recognise the importance of learning about these key topics through safe, effective approaches.

Our recommendation is that where schools can reassure themselves that safe learning environments can be established, guaranteeing effective approaches, then this teaching may be beneficial to take place, but remains firmly at the discretion of the school. The RSE Solution Resource contains effective teaching strategies alongside guidance on creating a working agreement, safe learning environments and how to approach responding to ‘tricky’ questions.

Lilets and Betty also have useful teaching resources. For pupils with SEND, you may wish to adapt parts of the RSE Solution Resource, or use elements from the free Puberty and Sexuality for children and young people with a disability resource. If you have not already, it would be timely to sign your school up to the government’s new free period products scheme.

Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (RSHE) is most effective when taught in collaboration with parents. Read our free RSHE E-Bulletin on effective parental engagement to find out more. With many parents home educating their children at present, if you feel appropriate, signposting them to the following websites will provide helpful, accessible guidance for them to talk with their children about these topics, building good channels of communication both for now and the future. Our Top Tips for Talking to your Child about ‘Tricky’ Things… can also be sent as an accompaniment.

We will be providing guidance to secondary schools to support with plugging any missed learning opportunities around RSHE in the new academic year. In addition, the new RSHE Guidance will become statutory from 1 September 2020, ensuring all children and young people receive a more equitable experience of these important topics. So, rest assured, they will not miss out entirely!

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. Josie Rayner-Wells and our experienced team are here to help you provide the best education possible. We will be happy to answer your questions and/or discuss your bespoke needs. Email us or call 01603 307710.

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